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PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE: Grimsby Town v Swindon

Follow along with live updates as Scott Lindsey speaks to the press ahead of Swindon's League Two trip to Grimsby Town. Total Sport's Joe Acklam reports live from the County Ground.


I was just asking him about the start to his season, and you will hear that soon. I will say very impressive interview from Lavinier, he seemed like he really understood the game and was very engaging.


Marcel Lavinier on full-backs:

I can play further up and have even played as a number 8 for Tottenham. It is a versatile place and because we are not so structured, you need players who are comfortable around the pitch and if I couldn't do that then this wouldn't be the place for me. Our style and keeping possession gives us that edge over other teams and they find it hard to play against us.


Marcel Lavinier on the Swindon style:

I wanted to go to a place that would play to my strengths and help to develop me, so this was a perfect fit for me with how we dictate games, control possession, create chances and rotate around on the field.


Marcel Lavinier on internationals:

My mum is Portuguese and I have played internationally for them and England at youth level and playing in Portugal with those players was very different and a great experience. I played with Fabio Viera and Nuno Tavares in my age group.


Marcel Lavinier on his style:

My strength is my work ethic and energy, but also what I can do with the ball. I am strong defensively, but when we have the ball I can get forward and make things happen and that is what I am about. Chelsea and Spurs are technical teams and look for players like that and have a big emphasis on that.


Marcel Lavinier on Chelsea and Spurs:

I have no bad word to say about them, but sometimes things aren't right and you have to move on and I was happy to do that. I played in the Europa League and that helped me to know what it takes and watching star players, so that really helped me.


Marcel Lavinier on moving to League Two:

I see it as an opportunity to show what I can do in a first team environment, showing what I can do. The football is more physical, but playing with something on the line and in front of fans is a lot of fun. I remember playing here in the EFL Trophy and it played a part in knowing there was a good fan base, but the project here and them knowing what I can do is most of why I am here.


Marcel Lavinier on being at Swindon:

I have enjoyed every minute, every one has made me feel welcome and it is going well on and off the pitch. We have a young team, but the senior players look after us well and it is like a family.


Whilst we are here, I hope that my ploy on LSPOD to get people to read the live blog has been successful and people have migrated. You have successfully performed my trust fall.


Marcel Lavinier is set to join us soon


I asked about being ahead of where they were last season and Grimsby staying in games:

  • Having more points than we had last season shows that we are doing well and means its a good comparison
  • Our fast starts will be key in unsettling them, but it is a main part of our style and is important every week

Scott Lindsey on the difference between Swindon and Grimsby:

We have different styles and I am hopeful that we can start well, but they don't concede many goals so breaking them down will be touhh.


Scott Lindsey on fan perception:

I have felt I always had the connection with the fans, some have been against me but I have always felt welcome and got on with those I spoke to. The fist pumps came from my delight at winning the game and gratitude at the fans coming all that way. I needed to win games and that is helping to convince people. I want the fans to enjoy what we are doing and I want to win for them.


Scott Lindsey on his start:

I felt that we have improved game on game but regardless of the results we have been performing. Sutton and Doncaster were really good performances, and I like to analyse performances as well as results. In the last two games we have looked more like the team I want out there.


Scott Lindsey on his squad:

It is very tough to leave players out, but it is a decision that every manager wants as it means good recruitment. It is a part of the job that is not nice but necessary.


Scott Lindsey on progress:

We are in a good place, Tuesday was a backward step in terms of the result, but a lot of players got the minutes they needed individually. The game served its purpose, we would have liked to have won, but we got out of it what we really needed.


Scott Lindsey on replacing Williams:

Wakeling wide is an option. All of our forward position can play across the front line, like Shade has shown so far and Wakeling can do the same. Jephcott and Wakeling at the same time is something we are looking at but something maybe for later on in the game.

Replacing Jonny is an almost an impossible task and arguably our best player over the last three games. We have good players in the squad, they are different to him, but we can adapt. We will try and play the same, but with a different player in that position.


Scott Lindsey on Grimsby:

They lost to Leyton Orient but have gone on a run since, but I don't think they have won at home yet. Paul Hurst is a very experienced manager and I respect him a lot. Their squad is a good mix of experience and youth. Their start isn't a surprise, they are well followed so it is a tough trip, we are prepared and looking forward to the game.


Adeloye is still 2 weeks away from getting back on the grass.


Scott Lindsey on injuries:

Good news on MacDonald, his scan came back clear, so he is good to go. His first was inconclusive, so it took a but longer, but it's good. A bit of swelling but he is mostly fine. He has settled in very well and progressed nicely and I didn't want him to have a stop-start season.

Lavinier has trained and back in contention for this weekend. Devine and Iandolo both exerted themselves a lot on Tuesday, so we have to be mindful of that, so unlikely to start but under consideration for the squad.

RHM is not at the point where we can consider a start but getting good minutes under his belt and looking lively was a good sign and is being considered for the squad.


Good afternoon everyone, we can very nearly knock the EFL Trophy off for another year (we still have to play a game, but it makes no difference at all) and are back on the league beat. Grimsby are next up and we will be speaking to Scott Lindsey in a few minutes.


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